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Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

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  • Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

    Features v1.0 (beta version)

    Over the past 4 years I have used Inno Script Studio by Kymoto Solutions to compile my installation files for Alpha5. Inno Script Studio utilizes Inno Setup, a free installer and one of the leading commercial installation makers on the market today. In an attempt to make the perfect installer for Alpha5, I developed the “APPin” plugin which is now available for beta testing. The APPin plugin bridges the gap between the unique installation requirements of Alpha5 and the unique scripting technique utilized by Inno and provides a simple to use interface that can be accessed through Alpha5. The best part of APPin is that any specific installation requirement not addressed by the plugin can be fulfilled my modifying the inno script directly. Below is a list of the basic features.
    • Commercial grade installation maker with a simplified interface designed for use with Alpha5 v10, v11, and v12.
    • All application and runtime files are compiled into a single setup file.
    • Separates setup file into multiple selectable components depending on installation type selected. Components include Application Files, Help Files, CSS Icon Font Files, Shared Network Files, Client Bootstrap Files, Runtime Files and Patches.
    • Automatic file inclusion for application updates.
    • Automatic backup of files updated.
    • Customizable skin.



    If you are interested in being part of the beta or would like to try the plugin, send an email to appin@dbs6.com with “Beta” as the subject and a link to the download page will be returned.
    Thanks,
    James

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    Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (verson 1.1)

    Appin, the install maker plugin for Alpha 5 (v10-v12) is no longer in beta and is available for download. To download the initial release, click on the link below. Please do not forget to register the software (free of charge).

    https://files.secureserver.net/0sd1BFnta1y6V0

    A description of the software can be found in my original post herein. For those of you that use this plugin, please provide any feedback or ideas so that it can be further refined (use the 'report bug' button).
    Thanks,
    James

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    • #3
      Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (verson 1.1)

      FYI Got the attached warning from Google when I attempted to download your file.
      Attached Files

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      • #4
        Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (verson 1.1)

        Originally posted by WaltMorgan View Post
        FYI Got the attached warning from Google when I attempted to download your file.
        Google Chrome gives me the same message and has the same dismiss button next to it.

        Click the show all downloads in the lower right corner, click recover malicious file, and your download is complete.
        Last edited by Al Buchholz; 09-06-2014, 10:05 AM.
        Al Buchholz
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        Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
        Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
        When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
        "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
        Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

          I posted this in v11 forum:

          My Alpha program files are not under Documents & Settings. Is this a problem for the install? I can't find any addins installed. Perhaps you could add the option of letting us pick where to install the program? The shortcut created pointed to a non-existent directory. I suspect it will be the same for it to find where I installed the InnoScript program?

          Also a "dir_not_used" table appears in the control panel with a "?"
          Robin

          Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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            Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (verson 1.1)

            Originally posted by WaltMorgan View Post
            FYI Got the attached warning from Google when I attempted to download your file.
            Just click on "more" and get instructions for (not Google but in my case the browser Google Chrome) to disable that particular check.

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            • #7
              Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (verson 1.1)

              Originally posted by Ray in Capetown View Post
              Just click on "more" and get instructions for (not Google but in my case the browser Google Chrome) to disable that particular check.
              EDIT
              I see Al's post - probably easier.

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              • #8
                Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                Robin, sorry for the confusion but it appears I used my internal installation script and not the one for distribution. Please go to the link again and download. This will correct the issue.
                Thanks,
                James

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                  Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                  Concerning security warings on download:

                  The link provided is a link to download an "EXE" executable file. As such, some browsers may issue a security warning b/c the publisher (me) does not have a digital signature on file. Although there is an option to create installation packages using a digital signature using Inno and the Appin plugin, I currently do not have one as they can be expensive. As such, you get the warning which you should be able to bypass. Other than that, the setup program is hosted on Godaddy's Online Storage and should be secure and safe to download.
                  Thanks,
                  James

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                  • #10
                    Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                    Version 1.11 of the plugin is now available for download using the link below. This version changes the registration process so that the plugin only needs to be unlocked once regardless of the number of Alpha 5 versions you add the plugin to. Updating to this version requires all users to request a new unlocking key. As always, this plugin is free to use.



                    https://files.secureserver.net/0sd1BFnta1y6V0
                    Thanks,
                    James

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                    • #11
                      Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                      James,

                      Remember that Astrum Installer is completely free and is version 2.9.60. It will do everything needed to create a very professional Installer for alpha in windows8.1 and back. The future is not going to be there in later years since they have now stopped development, but for now it is working great. We do not know what windows10 will bring either for alpha or astrum, but will cross that bridge when we get there.

                      There are several other alternatives available, but this one is my choice for now. It is easier to use than the alpha installer for a quick install creation. You simply choose the folder(s) or file(s) and make your install.
                      Dave Mason
                      dave@aldadesktop.com
                      Skype is dave.mason46

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                      • #12
                        Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                        This one is free also and is being kept current: http://www.bytessence.com/bim.html
                        Dave Mason
                        dave@aldadesktop.com
                        Skype is dave.mason46

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                        • #13
                          Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                          The site mentioned above is not active.... http://www.bytessence.com/bim.html

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                            Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                            Thanks Mike,
                            It was good when posted.
                            Dave Mason
                            dave@aldadesktop.com
                            Skype is dave.mason46

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                              Re: Single File Alpha 5 Installation Maker (APPin Plugin Beta)

                              Looks like they might have sold it...screenshots look like the same program

                              Astrum Install Wizard

                              but it ain't free anymore!
                              Robin

                              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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